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Subject: What a gem!!
Wow! Blues for Allah is my favorite studio GD and this is a real treat! Love the quick tempo MNS and the instrumental Fingers is amazing! Would have loved to have had this about 25 years ago!!
Outstanding and a rarity. Marked with age of hiss though.
Subject: I came looking for this after reading about it
From "Grateful Dead Family Album" by Jerilyn Lee Brandelius, pg. 125:
"In January of '75 the band was ready to hole up daily at Weir's studio and put together a new album more or less from scratch. They had given themselves the luxury of retiring from the road in '75, and each band member seemed to be hungry to sink his creative teeth into this new recording which would become Blues for Allah.
The evolution of the songs for Blues for Allah was a fascinating and at times tedious process - working and reworking each segment of each musical piece over and over again. So it was with some dubious relief that the band took a busman's holiday to rehearse for a few days with other musician friends for the upcoming SNACK benefit concert at Kezar Stadium in SF. Working with some of their new material, they jammed with David Crosby, John Cipollina, Merl Saunders and Ned Lagin. Since none of the new pieces had lyrics yet, they were all rehearsed and performed at SNACK only instrumentally. As the Allah tracks became keeper takes, lyric sessions were held and the musical tunes emerged as songs. There was no doubting that this was going to be a strong album for the Dead. - Steve Brown (The Golden Road).
bz studio,orlando,fl -
Outstanding and rare.